Learn at the Helm at Chapman School

Founded by the late Charles F. Chapman and the late Glen D. Castle, the Chapman School has trained over 20,000 students since opening its doors in 1971.  Since its inception, the School has grown from a single vessel to a modern campus of classrooms, labs, dormitories, and large training fleet - both power and sail.  The Chapman School is a world renowned boat school that encompasses 9 waterfront acres in South Florida, located just minutes by water from both the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and the Atlantic Ocean. 
The school's location of less than 90 nautical miles from the Bahamas allowing convenient access to some of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean for our Offshore Training Programs. The Chapman School continues to focus on its mission of providing the highest quality boating education in a "Learn at the Helm" approach for both the novice and experienced, professional and recreational boater.
The Floating Classrooms
Chapman School Fleet

The Chapman School is a full service boating school maintains a fleet of power and sailing vessels for teaching practical, underway boating skills.

All vessels in the training fleet come from contributions to our Boat Donation Program for the benefit of our students.
We emphasize Learn At The Helm boating experience for all of our programs whether youth, adults, career or recreation.  We can help you achieve your goals!
Jennifer Castle Field
Roger F.Field
Vice President
Thomas E. Danti
Dean of Instruction
Bruce Robertson
  • Designated The Maritime School of Florida by the State Legislature

  • Licensed by The Commission of Independent Education, Florida Department of Education

  • Approved by the United States Coast Guard under subpart C of part 10, Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations

  • Approved by the State of Florida and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)

  • Approved for Veterans Education Benefits

  • Authorized by Federal Law to train non-immigrant alien students

  • Chartered by The State of Florida as a non-profit educational institution

  • Recognized by The IRS as a non-profit educational facility under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Section 170 (b)(1)(A)(II)
    Listed as Charles F. Chapman School of Seamanship, Inc.

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